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What's New for Lancer Sportback in 2013

The all-wheel-drive Lancer SE model gains new aluminum wheels and an optional premium package, which includes a sunroof, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, soft-touch door trim, and an upgraded audio system. ..
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The 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback – built in Japan - is a sporty, five-door hatchback that combines a unique, splendid look with versatility and finesse behind the wheel. Two trim levels are available: ES and GT. They offer exceptional value, in comparison with other cars in the same class, who do not seem to have the same glow. As a result of its competent safety features, competitive fuel economy, and comfortable ride, the Lancer Sportback is a perfect choice for young families and performance car enthusiasts alike.


The 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback has approximately a 180-inch length, 69-inch width, 59-inch height, 104-inch wheelbase, and 3000 pound curb weight. It has a sporty, distinctively European style, which makes it stand out in its class. Many of its frontal design elements are borrowed from the Lancer sedan, such as a chiseled sport grille with a chrome accent, uniquely shaped halogen headlights with an auto-off feature, and a chunky, body-colored bumper. In the rear, there is a steeply raked hatchback. Its glass slopes graciously to make room for the extended amount of cargo space. A roof spoiler is mounted above the rear hatch. The Lancer Sportback comes standard with 16-inch wheels. Exterior packages consist of a power glass sunroof and fog lamps.

Interior & Cargo

The interior of the 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback provides incredible utility. It is spacious enough to comfortably seat five passengers, providing plenty of room to maneuvers in seats and accommodation for taller passengers. The cabin design has two buckets seats in front, while the rear is fitted with a 60/40 split-folding bench seat. The dash setup is logically configured for increased usability. There is an exceptional amount of cargo room, measuring at about 15 cubic feet. It can be expanded to over 50 cubic feet by folding down the rear seat.

Three special packages are available, loaded with exceptional features that bring advanced comfort, convenience, and enjoyment. The deluxe package adds a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. A Touring package includes leather seating, heated front seats and a 710-watt premium sound system with a 10-inch subwoofer. The Navigation package has a 40GB HDD navigation system with Music Server, a seven-inch touch screen display, and Real Time Traffic.


The 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback has loads of airbags, which provide passengers with protection during front and side-impact accidents and rollovers, onboard: side-impact airbags in the front seat, side-curtain airbags in both rows, front and rear head airbags, and a driver knee airbag. Passengers also receive protection from Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE), engineered by Mitsubishi to disperse energy through the fuel system and around the vehicle’s occupants if there should be a rear or side-impact collision. The Lancer Sportback is equipped with anti-lock brakes on all four wheels, along with emergency brake assist and electronic brakeforce distribution. Stability and traction control are included for improved handling on rough roadways. Front and rear seats are constructed with height-adjustable head restraints, which help protect against whiplash-related injuries. Rear seats have child seat anchors that provide assistance with transporting little ones around. Front seatbelts have pretensioners that automatically tighten to help restrain passengers in the event of an accident. Rear doors come built with child safety locks, which function to prevent unwanted exit from the vehicle.

Driving Experience

The 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback ES is packed with a 2.0-liter, 16-valve, four-cylinder engine that produces 148-horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque. GT models carry a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine that pumps out 168-horsepower and 167 lb-ft of torque. Acceleration in the GT is bit more rapid than its stable mate. Zero to 60 mph is completed in a bit over seven seconds. Both engines are mated to either a five-speed manual or continuously variable transmission. The transmissions were engineered by Mitsubishi to produce smooth shifts with very little vibration. GT models feature a sport shift mode and paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel. Average fuel economy in the ES is 24/32 mpg city/highway driving and 27 mpg combined, while the GT averages 22/29 mpg city/highway driving and 25 mpg combined.

The Lancer Sportback has a well-engineered chassis and solid suspension that contributes to a firm, pleasant ride. On the highway, it glides over the surface fluently with good balance. During city driving or on country roads, it flows swimmingly through traffic and hugs tight curves without any trouble. Bumps and grooves in the pavement are soaked up stupendously. Good steering – responsive with predictable feedback – is attributed to an electric power steering system designed by Mitsubishi to ensure precision driving. When put to the test, the anti-lock disc brake system ensured stops were made when needed. All-wheel drive, available on both ES and GT models, allows for easy handling of all road conditions.

Key Competitors For The 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer-Sportback

  • Hyundai Elantra
  • Kia Forte
  • Mazda MAZDA3
  • Toyota Matrix
  • Scion tC

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2013 Lancer Sportback Standard Equipment

Braking and Handling

  • Four Wheel ABS

Climate Control

  • Front Air Conditioning


  • Auto On Headlights
  • Cruise Control
  • Keyless Entry
  • Power Locks
  • Power Windows
  • Vehicle Information Center


  • Rear Spoiler


  • Brake Assist
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Side Air Bag(s)
  • Stability Control
  • Theft Deterrent System
  • Traction Control


  • Folding Rear Seat

Sound and Entertainment

  • Compact Disc MP3 Capable

Tires and Wheels

  • Wheel Covers
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